Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Letter to the Editor

By Matt McClure

On July 18, I will host a fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day. And just like one night can make or break my business, one important meal can make all the difference in a child’s life.

This is especially true in the summertime. When the school year ends, kids no longer have access to school meals. Families who are struggling to put enough food on the table are forced to choose between buying groceries and paying the electricity bill. And, for the 1 in 5 kids who live in a family that struggles with hunger, this can mean weeks of missed meals and stress.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can fix this.

The national summer meals program helps kids get the healthy food they need when school is out. These meals are available to kids across the country, but the program has trouble reaching too many of the kids who need it, especially in rural areas.

Congress has the opportunity to improve the way we feed kids in the summer. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) has been a strong champion for children on this issue. Now it’s time for Congress as a whole to stand up for kids and pass strong, bipartisan legislation that improves the summer meals program. When the kids in our state get the healthy food they need, they grow up smarter, healthier and stronger. That’s good for them, and that’s good for Arkansas.

Read the complete letter here.